New Theatre: Overview
Better, not Bigger
"Everyman's move... is a momentous occasion for the arts in Baltimore..."
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Everyman Groundbreaking Ceremony, June 6, 2011
- The new theatre will increase from 175 to 250 seats, or about four new rows. This will preserve an intimate experience while increasing Everyman’s capacity.
- For the first time ever, Everyman will have reserved seating.
- The theatre will consolidate its operations. For the first time, there will be adequate room for on-site costume storage, set building, classrooms and offices. Rehearsals and education programs will now take place in-house, eliminating the need to spend money on rent.
- The new state-of-the-art theatre will increase Everyman's play selection and design options and will not have the challenges (architectural columns, low ceilings and restricted sight lines) of the current location, which was originally built as a bowling alley.
- Everyman will now have the capacity to extend and produce more plays. This will allow the theatre to increase revenue through ticket sales.
- The design and construction of the building adheres to LEED Silver standards and will utilize environmental best practices.
- There will be reserved, discount parking for subscribers in the garage located on the corner of Fayette and Eutaw Streets directly across the street from the main entrance to the theatre.
- Metered parking is also available on the street as are other garages throughout the neighborhood.
- The square footage of the theatre will be the same, but the ceiling will be higher to accommodate the lighting grid and allow for larger, more complex sets. This will allow Everyman to choose from a broader range of plays, for example those that require two levels or stories.
- Everyman will continue its tradition of selecting plays, both classic and contemporary, that explore the human experience and are conducive to creating an intimate relationship between audience and actor.
- The new facility will be fully ADA compliant with accesible seating.
- There are no stairs on the first floor, except in the seating area.
- Assisted listening devices will be available.
- There will be an elevator to the second floor to access bathrooms.
Education and Community Engagement
- Everyman will expand its vibrant education programs that reach 2,000 students annually, including the lauded high school matinee program that is offered free of charge to schools and students.
- There will be two classrooms in the new building to accommodate additional programs and community engagement activities.
- For the first time, all education programs will take place on-site.
Thriving New Neighborhood
- The Westside is a developing neighborhood that has among its assets a burgeoning arts community, including the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, The H & H Building and The Hippodrome Theatre as well as a lively business environment including the University of Maryland Medical School.
- According to the 2010 census, downtown's Westside and City Center were the fastest-growing residential neighborhoods in Baltimore over the past 10 years, outpacing even the waterfront.
- The Downtown Partnership has a significant presence in this area at all times and is making plans to reinvigorate Lexington Market.
- The Alewife Restaurant is located right next door for upscale pub fare and an extensive selection of craft beer on tap.
- There are many other restaurant options in the neighborhood, including the Hipp Cafe, Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, Memsahib, Starbucks, Panera Bread and Salsaritas.
Everyman Theatre Capital Campaign
We are grateful for the generosity and continued investment of all the Capital Campaign donors including Bank of America Development Corporation and the Harold A. Dawson Trust who donated the former Town Theatre.
Funding sources for the Capital Campaign represent a balance of public and private funding including individuals, foundations and businesses. Lead gifts have been provided by the Abell Foundation, Blaustein Philanthropic Group and France-Merrick Foundation with strong support from individual donors.